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Reviewed by Sophie Mashlan

Madam Tsunami: Long Way From Home

Reviewed by Sophie Mashlan

Madam Tsunami: Long Way From Home

Scotland-based Kiwi acoustic-folk band Madam Tsunami gets its name from Adam Usmani, lead singer, co-writer, guitarist and keys player, who previously released music under his own name and as The Usmani Collective. This 12-track album is very calm and soothing, with seamlessly woven fiddle, soft bass, and steady guitar patterns. There are two instrumental tracks, while the other ten are decorated with the lyrics and melodies of Usmani and his fiddle-playing wife Coralie. Recorded in Oxford, England and mixed in Tauranga by Dave Baxter of Avalanche City, this album has seen influences from across the globe. The recording aimed for a professional production, with clarity between instrumental parts, whilst remaining light and cohesive. And that’s what it delivered, clarity being a particular strength. Self-produced, the writing and instrumentation strike a great balance in volume and complexity, adding texture to the music without taking away from the lyrics or energetic vocal performance. The songs are quickly catchy, with singable melodies and a variety of upbeat and gentle accompaniments. The lyrics span a wide range of topics from the personal and thoughtful Hold Me Close to the confronting, political themes of Plot On The Moon. Aside from being a striking album to listen to, the artwork is breathtaking and represents the mood of this album brilliantly.